Man shot dead in driveway of home

24th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — A 36-year-old man was shot dead in the driveway of his home on the Akerstraat in the south-eastern town of Brunssum on Sunday night.

24 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — A 36-year-old man was shot dead in the driveway of his home on the Akerstraat in the south-eastern town of Brunssum on Sunday night.

Several shots were fired at the victim shortly before 11pm and the killer was seen running away on foot. The police said they had no idea who the killer is or why the unnamed victim was targeted.

Investigators would not comment on suggestions by local people that the killing was linked to the drugs world. It has not been confirmed whether the dead man had a criminal record.

His large detached home was protected by several security features, including surveillance cameras.

Groups of people gathered near the house after the shooting and emotions ran high as police looked for potential witnesses. The situation was calmed a short time later and the police brought several witnesses away for questioning.

If this murder is related to the criminal underworld, this would be the second murder of its kind in two weeks. Anthonie van der Bijl, 50, was shot dead in his wife's café in Amsterdam West on 20 April.

Van der Bijl was murdered weeks after he was released from custody. His release was unusually quick and followed a major drugs find. The media suggested he had turned down a request by the police to make a statement against reputed crime boss Willem Holleeder.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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